Day of the Dead


November 2 is The Day of the Dead in Mexico and other Latin American cultures.  This image is by Posada, a popular graphic artist from the early 20th century, obviously an inspiration for some 1960s hippie types.

I am hanging out in Baltimore, MD where there is power and normalcy, planning on returning to NJ on Sunday, with a few tanks of extra gasoline just in case things don’t get sorted out up there soon.

As for Sandy and climate change, which has been in the news, I can only say that what happened to NYC has been expected for at least 25 years, probably much longer, by engineers and geographers who study the place.  As one scientist said of the storm, what was remarkable about it was that it happened in NYC. If climate change predictions hold true, such flooding will be worse in the future, but wasn’t it bad enough as it was to pay attention? If fears of climate apocalypse get people to take constructive action, I won’t complain too much about their misguided notions.

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4 Responses to Day of the Dead

  1. troutsky says:

    Are you saying “climate apocalypse” is a misguided notion or man influenced climate change? Because apocalypse, crisis, chaos, etc can all be interpreted differently in very subjective ways.

    Or is your problem with the relationship between greenhouse gases and increased temps? Or is it with the term “greenhouse gas”?

    Was hoping weather, climate and man;s activities could start to be linked.

  2. Lichanos says:

    Human activity has definitely changed climate, although I’m not sure if carbon dioxide emissions are more important than changes in land cover/land use: deforestation, urbanization, agriculture, etc.

    Climate Apocalypse is the rubric that covers the most extreme projections of the IPCC, and the attitude, increasingly common in the media, that treats them as a certainty rather than a projection subject to significant UNcertainty. The assumption that the Greenland ice cap will definitely melt off in the next few generations is one of those. Also included here is the notion that extreme weather events are all linked to whatever climate change has been observed or is claimed.

    As I have said in many places, this disaster in NYC is no surprise to people who have been studying floods and cities for the last 20 or 30 years, and longer, well before AGW was even talked about. And building communities on barrier islands and along shores subject to constant erosion is a bad idea that the taxpayers of the USA should not subsidize: but they have been for generations. And after the mess is cleaned up, all those residents will be clamoring for Federal aid to rebuild in the worst possible locations.

  3. potsoc says:

    We are facing a natural phenomenon enhanced and accelerated by man’s actions and apprentice sorcerer experiments coumpounded by human inability to learn from past experiences.

  4. sledpress says:

    I like “Allerseelen” (All Souls’ Day) better. That whole candy skull thing: it creeps me out.

    But:

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